75th anniversary celebration to take place at National Museum of USAF Sept. 17 - 18

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  • By Ty Greenlees, NMUSAF Public Affairs

The public is invited to participate in the 75th Anniversary of the U.S. Air Force Celebration September 17 – 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. 

This family–friendly event will highlight the past, present and future of the Air Force with open aircraft, a 75th Anniversary selfie station, educational activities, trivia, airplane tricycles, coloring pages & word search station, and official Air Force videos about the Air Force 75th Anniversary and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base mission.

Open Aircraft schedule:

17 Sept (11am-3pm):

  • AC-130 (Building 3 - theme aircraft for the Marathon)
  • CV-22 Osprey (Building 3)

 18 Sept (11am-3pm):

  • A-10 (Building 3)
  • F-16 Thunderbird (Building 3)
  • F-15 (Building 3)
  • CV-22 Osprey (Building 3)
  • C-17 (Air Park - weather permitting)
  • KC-135 (Air Park - weather permitting)

Please check the museum’s event website often for celebration updates and changes:


Along with the 75th Anniversary Celebration, the museum is proud to introduce a unique new permanent exhibit in the fourth building dedicated to the newest branch of the Armed Forces, The United States Space Force. The USSF was established on December 20, 2019 and organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space. It also develops military space doctrine and acquires space systems.

The four USSF exhibit spires have design elements drawn from USAF spacecraft like the Space Shuttle and early manned space missions and rise above the Delta symbol that honors the heritage of the USAF and Space Command.

The ink pen on display was used by President Donald Trump to appoint General John W. "Jay" Raymond as the USSF's first Chief of Space Operations on December 20, 2019, at Andrews AFB, MD.

In the coming years, additional artifacts will be added to the exhibit as they become available.

“The museum’s USSF exhibit was designed with a forward-looking space aesthetic that carries the heart of the Space Force story which will grow as the force expands,” NMUSAF Exhibits division chief Will Haas said. 

Finally on Sept. 17, the museum will open a new temporary interactive exhibit in the fourth building titled “Above and Beyond,” which will allow visitors to experience the scientific concepts behind flight. Visitors will have an opportunity to design and test-fly their own supersonic jet; pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury; experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft; or take an elevator ride to the edge of space. “Above and Beyond” is presented by Boeing with local sponsorship by Centerpoint Energy. (Federal endorsement is not implied.)

In 2022 we proudly celebrate 75th anniversary of the United States Air Force. Throughout the year we will host a variety of events and exhibits to share the history of the Air Force and the stories of our airmen with the public. A complete schedule of events and exhibits is available at   https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Upcoming/Events/75th-anniversary/